Red carpet reverse: How to take down a full-glam look for the bus home

Sometimes, you need to go from full glam to no thank you ma'am quickly; instead of desk-to-dancefloor, you're going from ballgown-to-Ballygowan at the gym, or getting the last bus after a big night out. Here's how to take your look down a bit...


Usually, it's all about building up your look – adding liner, glitter, lipstick and whatever you're having yourself, in order to take your beauty up a notch.

Make-up artist Patrick Ta will be at the IMAGE Beauty Festival on May 25-26 and will be talking about red carpet beauty, but what happens if you've been at a big meeting, a night out, or a glam event and now you've to go to the gym, go see your nan or take the 17A bus back home?

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Three ways to reverse glam

Here are my three tried and tested tips to take things a bit more low-key...

  1. Hide the shadow – if you've got heavy eye make-up on, remove what you can with eye make-up remover, and reapply a bit of eye cream, a base shade like MAC Groundwork, and then a lick of mascara for a daytime appropriate look. This includes false lashes - get RID!
  2. Lip lower – If you're wearing a pop of bright red, pink or wine on your lips, remove it and replace with a nude shade or a simple slick of gloss. It'll say 'relaxed glam' rather than 'red carpet vixen'.
  3. Soften that contour – blend, blend and blend some more. Take down any harsh contouring with a fluffy brush or foundation brush, and pop a fresh, healthy bit of peach blush on the apples of your cheeks.

Mega Slim Skinny Mascara €4.95

MAC Paintpot in Groundwork, €22

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Bobbi Brown Coral Sugar Blush, €27


IMAGE Beauty Festival

The IMAGE Beauty Festival is set to me an unforgettable weekend of beauty.

On Saturday May 25, don't miss your chance to meet make-up artist to the stars Patrick Ta for tips on how to create some of the hottest red carpet looks. He's joined by an expert panel: Adam Reed, L’Oréal Professionnel UK Editorial Ambassador and one of Ireland's most in-demand session stylists David Cashman will be there telling you all.

Tickets: €45. Available now, limited places!

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We look forward to seeing you there on May 25-26.
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